We are raising funds and have set a target of £50,000 to help victims of the massive flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where about a thousand people died, with thousands left homeless; and over 600 unaccounted for.
Heavy rains in the West African city of Freetown in Sierra Leone, caused major landslide on the Sugar Loaf Mountain of the city on the 13th and 14th of August 2017. Over 300 of the recovered bodies were buried in Waterloo, Freetown, in mass graves. Hundreds of people are buried underneath the mud where the disaster took place. Over 150 of the 300 buried on Thursday, 17th August are children.
About 1,000 homes were destroyed – many remain covered in deep mud with people buried inside. Sierra Leone Red Cross Society spokesman, Mr. Abu Bakarr Tarawallie said: “We estimate that at least 3,000 people are homeless … they need shelter, medical assistance and food. We are also fearful of outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and typhoid. We can only hope that this does not happen.”
This is why I am asking for your kind donation to help victims and their families. All donations will be channelled through the International Humanitarian Organisations and local NGOs that are working hard in Sierra Leone to save lives, improve quality of life, reduce poverty, and create a better environment.
Fifteen years ago, saw the end of a brutal ten-year rebel war, which left over 100,000 dead and thousands of people homeless.
Then came the deadly Ebola virus in 2014, which took the lives of over 4,000 people. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest nations in the world, with most people earning less than 60 British Pence a day. More than 40% of newly born children will not live to see their fifth birthday; and over 30% of pregnant women die during or after child birth.
And now heavy rains have taken its toll on a nation that is almost collapsing under the weight of poverty. The landslides which took place on the 13th and 14th August 2017, have left thousands of people homeless, with hundreds dead. Food, clean drinking water, and clothing are now needed to help those that have lost everything.
Please help. And thank you for your kind donation. All funds raised will go directly to victims, through the International Humanitarian Organisations and local NGOs that are saving lives, improve quality of life, reduce poverty, and create a better environment in Sierra Leone.